I felt proud and happy that I was successful with DS2, but not sure I really enjoyed it. He fed for nearly 18 months and I was so relieved when he weaned himself.
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21-10-2013 07:23 #41
21-10-2013 08:06 #42
Hated it! No good at it! It made me so anxious knowing a feed was due.
Dd1 I only lasted 7 days feeding her, which was my entire hospital stay with her.
Dd2 got off to an awesome start and I was so hopeful... 3 days in the pain was ridiculous but I kept at it. By 4.5 weeks I was crying at the thought of having to feed her that I really didn't want to feed her. DH made me feel like **** for not being able to do it... I started mix feeding and by 6 weeks I was done with it.
DS was born when dd2 was almost 13months old. I fed him while in hospital (3days) and one feed at home I knew I couldn't do it. I didn't want to risk PND or anything like that and DH worked away and having my little dd2 still toddling around I cut my losses and stopped.
Lol so yep my answer: I hate it!
21-10-2013 10:30 #43Senior Member
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I am loving all the honest replies here, from people who both loved & didn't love BFing, with no judgement on either side of the fence.....it's refreshing to see a thread on feeding that is purely about people's individual experiences
21-10-2013 10:34 #44
I love love LOVE breastfeeding. I love the closeness to my child. The bond it creates. That my body can do this wonderful thing for them. I love everything about it.
I should add I had no major issues with it though. The normal nipple issues in those first few weeks but I knew it would pass. BF DD for 13m , DS for 22m and will feed DSS until he's 2 unless it's right to stop before hand.
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21-10-2013 10:43 #45Member
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I love it 90% of the time. Some days (and nights!) are hard. But it will get better and easier. When they are young they take up so much of your time however you're feeding them. I just preferred to sit on my bum in front of the tv all day with bub attached instead of washing, sterilizing and making up bottles
I think I will still be sad when bub eventually weans. She is so flat out at the moment learning to walk that feeding her is the only cuddles I get!!
21-10-2013 11:06 #46
With DD I never enjoyed it once for the whole 8 months I persisted. She was a slow feeder, I had low supply so felt like a failure needing to top up with formula and just felt like I was being used up. I also couldn't lose weight until I stopped. DS is 4 months now and due to tongue tie undiagnosed until 5 weeks it has been quite a painful journey and I still take it one day at a time. However I'm on higher dose motilium this time so supply is better and I do love being able to leave the house without packing bottles etc. I've even had a couple if gooey loved-up moments where I've surprised myself that I actually enjoyed BFing for that brief moment! So it's only taken me 12 months total over 2 babies but I finally do occasionally love it!!
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21-10-2013 13:05 #47
I BF DS for a few months. But had supply issues and never thought twice when my doctor recommended we switch to formula to help him gain weight.
With DD now I am determined to make it work this time. But with that comes extra stress over if she is getting enough, am I doing it right etc. she had low glucose levels after birth so I am also super sensitive about feeding her every 3hrs to keep her levels up. But she refuses to wake for feeds which only adds to my stress levels.
I know I am putting alot of pressure on myself. Df is amazing support and tells me how proud he is of what I am doing and wishes he could do it for me some days. Especially when I had cracked nipples and they felt like fire and razor blades every time she latched. It doesn't make it pleasurable.
We will get better im sure. Just need to take it one day at a time for now
Thks for all you replies!!
21-10-2013 13:10 #48Senior Member
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Yes. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment having breastfed all my children to well over a year old. I'm really proud of my efforts.
My personal sense of accomplishment has no relationship with mothers who choose not to bf or stop early. It's not competitive. It's personal. So I don't mean to offend by saying that I felt accomplishment. Bf isn't for everyone.
21-10-2013 13:32 #49Senior Member
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no i didnt overly even like bf''ing....i found it time consuming, exhausting, painful and a hassle..partly my reasons (eg wasnt confortable whipping out a boob in public etc) and had chronic nipple thrush..major PITA. when no physical issues tho eg initial pain wore off, got the thrush under sorta control it was "ok"...i did it cos it benefitted my kids...personally it did sweet FA for me physically (couldnt lose weight on BF really either!) i BF first for 6 months and second for 14 months..second time around i do admit that by about 8 months into it i did find it easy and i enjoyed the fact that BFing was easier second time around and i ok yes even "enjoyed" it by then...but i never "LOVED" bfing...to me it was big whoop..it was good that i could do it and i was glad my kids got breastmilk but i loved the freedom of not feeding them too when it stopped.
21-10-2013 13:38 #50
I did it until DS self weaned at 10 months & I was so happy he did. We had trouble breast feeding from day one & it only really got better when he was 6 months. By that time I was comp feeding with one bottle of formula a day - I told myself I was comp feeding for my supply issues but in hindsight I realise I was just giving myself a break from the fight. I'm glad I stuck it out but I know what you're saying. I remember in the early days dancing in the shower because there was no baby attached to me. So, no, I didn't love breast feeding but glad I did it.
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